Elina Shatkin

Food, LAist

Los Angeles is the most diverse and interesting food city in the United States. It’s a place where street tacos are as revered as any 12-course omakase dinner — and rightly so. My job is to connect hungry Angelenos — through food — to the culture, history, people, and neighborhoods that make up our city.

Stories by Elina Shatkin

LAX braces for a record-breaking Thanksgiving travel weekend

For the second year in a row, Thanksgiving travel at LAX is through the roof. That's great for airlines and the airport, not so much for travelers.

99-year-old WWII veteran honored at memorial

Navy veteran Ernest Thompson, who recently passed away, is being honored Sunday at a public memorial aboard the USS Iowa.

LA has more chronically homeless than any other city

L.A. has the most chronically homeless residents in the U.S. for the second year in a row, according to a federal report released this week. So what are we doing about it?

Remembering Nohemi Gonzalez on the anniversary of the Paris massacre

A passionate student of industrial design, she'll be honored with a tree-planting on the Cal State Long Beach campus.

Military chefs compete in a unique cooking challenge

Think of it as "Chopped" for the armed forces. Sixty of the military's best chefs are competing in Las Vegas at an all-day cook-off.

World's top wheelchair tennis players compete in SoCal

Greg Hasterok is the world's 12th-ranked singles tennis player in his division and you can watch him compete this weekend.

LA County just did an election night test run. How'd it go?

Imagine counting 3 million ballots from more than 4,500 polling locations spread out across 4,000-square miles.

2017 Rose Parade goes for the gold

Sprinter Allyson Felix and swimmers Greg Louganis and Janet Evans will lead this year's procession.

Former Japanese Hospital could become LA's newest monument

The two-story building on 1st Street in Boyle Heights doesn't look particularly impressive but it hides an exceptional story behind its cement facade.

How we're coping with the devastating avocado shortage

Fellow Southern Californians, it's time to mine our grit and faith as we attempt to stay strong in the face of a devastating #avocadoshortage.

The results of our ultimate Halloween Candy Ranker quiz

We asked. You answered. You really hate Tootsie Rolls. And Jujubes. But you love chocolate. And coconut is controversial.

JPL geniuses also slay at pumpkin carving

Imagine "Ace of Cakes" meets "Robot Wars" with a dash of "RuPaul's Drag Race" thrown in — but starring scientists with gourds, knives and electronics.

Meet the mountain lions of LA

The cougars of Los Angeles finally have online profiles (with photos!) to match their real world lives.

Vote in our Ultimate Halloween Candy Ranker

Get ready for a sugar rush as you vote for your favorite — and least favorite — Halloween candy in our super scientific poll.

Sparks get ready to celebrate championship win

"I'm still kind of in shock," Sparks star and league MVP Nneka Ogwumike says of her team's WNBA championship win.